Glastonbury Abbey

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May, 2019

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“Glastonbury more than just a music festival”:

In a few weeks time a tented city will be erected at Worthy farm near Glastonbury and ageing hippies will gather for the most famous music festival in the country. If it rains the fields become a sea of mud giving festival goers an experience they will never forget.

However there is a lot more to Glastonbury. It is a strange mixture of pagan and Christian with shops selling crystals and herbs and people offering tarot readings and even magic wands. I felt Harry Potter and friends would have felt at home.

You should take the chance to visit the ruined abbey where King Arthur and his Queen may have been buried and see the Glastonbury thorn reportedly brought from the holy land by Joseph of Arimethea. There is a charge to wander round the abbey grounds but guides in medieval costumes are happy to tell you the stories and answer questions. There is also a small museum and the monks kitchen has been restored and furnished to give an idea of what life was like. The abbey has toilets and a tearoom.
You should also climb the tor. A cone shape hill with a church tower at the top. This is managed by the national trust but is free. The climb is fairly strenuous and you do need a reasonable level of fitness. It is about a mile to walk from the abbey to the tor but you can catch a bus.


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